Glen Davis leads the way in front of home crowd

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Glen Davis leads the way in front of home crowd

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

NEW ORLEANS Glen Davis was wearing the enemies' colors, but make no mistake about it, the Boston Celtics forward was definitely at home on Saturday night against the New Orleans Hornets.

Davis' play was among the keys to Boston rallying for an 89-85 win over the Hornets.

The 6-foot-7 forward grew up in nearby Baton Rouge, and starred at LSU.

Not surprisingly, he had several family members and friends in attendance.

And did he ever give them something to cheer for.

He scored 20 points off the bench, played solid defense and still managed to haul in eight rebounds.

It was yet another all-around effort for Davis who remains one of the NBA's top reserves.

"It's good to put on a show for the fans who don't get to see me play in person," Davis said.

Although he's known primarily for his ability to score, Davis continues to display the kind of balanced game that the Celtics have been wanting from him for years.

"Baby has been playing exceptional - more than exceptional - since he's come back from the injury," said Paul Pierce.

Davis suffered a strained Patella tendon in his left knee against Phoenix on March 2, an injury that kept him out for four games.

Since returning to the lineup, Davis has averaged 14 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting 51.9 percent from the field.

Better health is only part of Davis' improved play of late.

He understands that for the Celtics to achieve their only goal this year - bring home Banner 18 - he will have to step up his play and be more of an impact player.

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Kevin Durant's future a mystery as OKC collapses

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Kevin Durant's future a mystery as OKC collapses

OAKLAND, Calif. - As Stephen Curry dribbled out the clock in a raucous Oracle Arena, Kevin Durant could only stand and watch.

The Golden State Warriors are heading back to the NBA Finals, while Durant's future in Oklahoma City is much less certain.

Two nights after blowing an opportunity to close out the defending champion Warriors at home, the Thunder got sent home for the summer when they lost Game 7 of the Western Conference finals 96-88 on Monday night.

Instead of becoming known as the team that knocked off the Warriors after their record-setting 73-win regular season, the Thunder will be remembered for a playoff collapse. They became just the 10th NBA team to lose a playoff series after taking a 3-1 lead and now head into an uncertain offseason with Durant eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

If he does leave the only franchise he has played for in his nine-year career, he will do it having failed to deliver the championship to Oklahoma City. The closest the Thunder have gotten in Durant's tenure was when they lost the NBA Finals in five games to LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2012.

They then lost in the second round the next season, in the conference finals in 2014 to San Antonio before missing the playoffs entirely because of an injury to Durant last year.

But under first-year coach Billy Donovan, Oklahoma City earned the third seed in the top-heavy Western Conference this season and then upset 67-win San Antonio in the second round. The Thunder followed that by winning three of the first four games against the Warriors, with a pair of lopsided wins at home.

But after losing Game 5 on the road, the Thunder blew an opportunity to eliminate the Warriors at home on Saturday night. Oklahoma City led by seven points with less than five minutes remaining but made only one basket and committed six turnovers down the stretch of a 108-101 loss that could haunt the franchise for years.

The Thunder responded on the road in Game 7 by taking a 13-point lead in the second quarter. But once Curry and Klay Thompson started hitting Oklahoma City with a flurry of 3-pointers, the Thunder had no answer. The Splash Brothers combined for 13 3-pointers as Golden State outscored Oklahoma City by 30 points from behind the line.

Oklahoma City's stars were no match. Russell Westbrook missed 14 of 21 from the field and shot just 36.8 percent in the three potential clinchers. Durant finished with 27 points but took only 10 shots in the first three quarters.

Durant did score seven straight points to cut an 11-point deficit to four with 1:40 remaining. But Serge Ibaka then fouled Curry on a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down, allowing Golden State to build the lead back to seven.

Durant then missed two shots and could only stare blankly when Curry ended Oklahoma City's season with a 3-pointer with 26.8 seconds left. Now the Thunder can only hope it doesn't end Durant's tenure in Oklahoma City as well.